Wireless: 10/10, would recommend.

In other words–OMG!–yesterday was “Gnome and squid get their internet back today! Yay!” Day.  So, the tentacle-made studios (and by extension Hemlock House) are wireless running the universe again! \o/

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd, I’ve been promising a Reception-y debrief, and now, there’s also an ArtiGras debrief to subject y’all to.

Sooooooooooooooooooo–IT ALL WENT INCREDIBLY WELL!

The reception for spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement was fairly well-attended considering NorthCoast Gallery is new gallery in Green Bay (and I’m a relatively young, somewhat-known artist), and the reception was on a Thursday night (which if y’all don’t know, is the traditional day to have a reception for a show).


We even had a little bit of an international contingent (i.e., a Gnome-side-of-the-family was in the states from Germany).

ArtiGras was a fairly decent event.  People weren’t buying a lot, but I did manage to sell a few things, which is nice.  Have to pay the bills somehow, right? <–Speaking of, I sold at piece at my reception!

The Traveling Treadlers Fiber Guild was in fine form with the girls of Hello Purl, Anne of Shepherd’s Purse, and Tracey of Interlacements…and me, of course, from tentacle-made studios.  Other members of the Guild were there too, but I’m not sure if they have company/shop names.

So, yeah.  There are more photos of the Traveling Treadlers Fiber Guild here if y’all are interested in them.

…I think I’m going to go collapse somewhere for awhile.  I have my semesterly Humanities presentation for Gnome’s class tomorrow (I’m doing two this semester!), and I should probably do things like read my notes and make sure I can follow my own presentation.

Wouldn’t want to get lost.

Not that I would.



burlesque shows, new quarter openings, and just general craziness

So, yeah, I went to see Savage-a-Go-Go last Friday with the lovely Miss Z, of Knits by Zoe.

(NB:  The next Savage-a-Go-Go show is November 30th; if you’re in Wisconsin–I don’t care where you are–y’all should come.)

It was A-MAZ-ING!  Seriously, like whoa.  The music was fantastic; there was a nice mix of silly and sensuous and gore (It was a Halloween show after all.).  The ladies (and gentlemen, ’cause there’s a few lads) are all incredibly talented and are having a fabulous time.

So, this is Ruby Stardust performing at the Bustin’ Out show in September. I couldn’t find a good picture from the Halloween show. *meh*
Ruby does this interesting mix of Middle Eastern Dance combined with Krunk and Pop-Lock. To Dubstep. Seriously. This routine was to Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.”

That is maybe my only complaint:  not always being able to track down songs that I really like later.  Some I’ve heard recently enough that I can track them down, but sometimes, I’ve only heard them a couple of times.



…of course, they could totally be posted on the Facebook page, and I just don’t stalk it enough to see. <–Facebook makes my head hurt a lot of the time, tbh. *should probably go look*

And, a video of one of their other performances!


Okay, so on the squid-art front, I’ve been spinning through just about everything I have to spin that I haven’t already cleaned, carded, and dyed.  *sigh*  That’s going to be happening soon, isn’t it?  *eyes studio warily*

But, yeah.

skeins hanging to dry
Yep, I had quite the backlog.

Please, don’t mind the mess.  My studio desperately needs to be cleaned and reorganized.  Again.


I also have some commission spinning waiting for me, but I’ve been having problems sitting down to do it (probably because it doesn’t have a due date).

I WILL SPIN ON IT TONIGHT! *is resolved, see my Resolved Face?*

But, that’s because it’s the new Quarter at the ARTgarage Meet The Artist–thingie.  So, yeah, I’ll be there demo-ing in my corner feeling kinda meh because, most of the time, people are interested in seeing me spin rather than seeing my art. <–The problem in being a conceptual artist in Wisconsin, yo. *is kinda frustrated*

So, yeah, if y’all are free tonight–and, ya know, in the area–Opening at the ARTgarage from 5-8.

And, since we’re chatting about the ARTgarage, my November Bookmaking class (Nov. 10th and 11th) is running.  I think the book-types are going to be insta-book, accordion/concertina, pamphlet, basic codex, Japanese stab-binding, and altered (via folding).  What do y’all thing?  Good types that can easily be worked from?

Also, because I actually don’t suck for once, it seems like my November drop spindle class is running too (Nov. 13th)!


Okay, enough of that.  I swear I am working on art, but it’s all in these really weird early forms at the moment that I haven’t taken pictures of.  Soon, my precious.  Soon.

And, I still owe y’all a poetry post. <–Which may very well relate to my next Quarter’s offerings.




I’m spent.

I’m done.

Really, honestly, it’s been going on since I got up ridiculously late today.

And, yeah, y’all did read art!hangover.  I get hangovers from strange things (e.g., arting, people, people), but interestingly, I don’t get normal hangovers from drinking.  Mostly, because I have a ludicrously high tolerance so that it takes so long to get me even going on a good buzz that I get bored with drinking and I find something else to do.  Or the party ends.  Whichever comes first.

So, yeah, the art!hangover has to do with the change of quarter at the ARTgararge combined with a massive funk that took up most of the last two months, so the last week has been a Case of the Amazing Arting Squid (coming soon to a theatre near you).

installation view of new works from spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement
spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: the ur-Prince
electronics wire, jewelry wire
spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: before there was Ariel
handmade flax paper, ink, copper wire, handspun yarn (from a Hello Purl art batt), commercial yarn

The L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E poetry/Word Art part of it reads:

a little sea-woman (not really, just a stupid girl)

all operatic beauty and siren-song strength
(there’s always a BeforeBefore always seems
like a place to have remained if we were sane
rather than rapid, rabid liminality)
then–oh, then–a glance, a rescue
and it’s all idiotic love-at-first-sight
and forego present-identity
for the encompassing ambiguity
(submission, subsumission)
of the Loved-Self
but–she’s soulless
destined for 300 years
that ends in sea-foam dissolution and
then Nothing(ness)
(how Sarte)
enter the Sea Witch
driving a hard (maybe cruel)
eternity and salvation available only
through idiotic romantic love
through true loves kiss
(because, of course,
she is Abomination and Fallen
not because she’s Mer
but because she’s a She)
fins to sword-sharp, rending
(mutilating) pain
voice for legs
like Morse Code
self-sacrifice and transmutation
sword-sharp pain to legs to dancing
(because there’s always a
lateral trade in these things)
Mer to something not-quite human (simian)
fish to ape
…and there’s betrayal–
there’s always betrayal–
and betrayal breeds betrayal
dancing to heartbreak
(not everyone knows that its possible
to die from heartbreak
the walking wounded
missing more parts than in that
mythical Before)
and all that’s left is more betrayal
the only salvation is blood and death
betrayal and another’s heartache
(there’s a lot of betrayal)
knife to blood to pain to legs to fins again
of course, yet–
because she’s heroic and stupidly in-love
and some oddly skewed feminist ideal
of courage and curiosity and so much
self-sacrificing fearlessness
so, there’s no betrayal;
instead there’s suicide and sea foam
water sprite to air elemental
sacrifice and suicide and 300 years of
playing some sort of St. Nicholas scavenger hunt
(for the naughty and nice)
gains some sort of salvation
(eternity) (soul)
that a heartless god denies those of
the Water
(the Moon)
spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: Scheherazade
copper wire, handmade flax paper, beaded trim, fabric, ink

The L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E poetry/Word Art part of it reads:

tell me about the bodies

drug from the water

track-lines and bruises visible on

pale, mutilated flesh.


tell me a story

because we are all


just stories

left in the wreckage


tell me a story

spanning a 1001 days, a 1001 nights





tell me about the bodies

drug from your memory

graceful lines and shadows

full lives lead in echoes of you

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: oyster emotions
found object, gutted lightbulbs, fiber
spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: Zellandine
copper wire, handspun silk, handspun yarn (from a Hello Purl art batt), handmade flax paper, commercial yarn, ink

The L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E poetry/Word Art part of it reads:

This piece was actually inspired by Spiritflesh by 1001cranes.
spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: echoes
electronics wire, silk and stainless steel yarn, jewelry wire, copper wire

*waves hand*

That one’s really more Tuttle-esque in that it’s more about the shadows being cast than the shapes themselves.

Okay, I’m going to go.  I’ll try not to be such a slacker.



Take two.

Before I get bogged into the crazy that my art practice has been for the last bit, I just wanted to mention to Green Bay area peoples that tomorrow night is Gallery Nite, so if y’all want to come and chat with me in person, meet the girls from Hello Purl or Zoe from Knits by Zoe, or really just see a whole bunch of art, y’all should come to Gallery Nite.

The four of us are going to be at the ARTgarage.

So, yeah, stuff and things.

Really, for those of you playing at home, I haven’t been getting much more done that spinning art-yarn and some writing.

Although, I did teach my first drop spindle class at the ARTgarage last week.  It went really well, like, really well.  The drop spindles I made worked just fine, and I had plenty of material for the students, which go squid!

top-whirl drop spindles, handmade by me


class kits, fiber provided by Interlacements

If anyone’s interested, I’m teaching another drop spindle class on the September 29th and another on November 13th.  Additionally, I’m teaching a 6-books-in-6-hours class on November 10th and 11th.

…really, I need to make more drop spindles. *sigh*  Sanding is so not my favorite thing.

So, ArtStreet was fun and I picked up some fiber to spin from Hello Purl and picked up some commission spinning, which was one of the strangest things I think I’ve ever done, but it’s spun, plied, and ready to be handed of to it’s owner at Gallery Nite.

Of course, I don’t think I took a picture of the art batt I got at ArtStreet before I spun it up.

Hello Purl art batt plied with lattice/stain glass commercial yarn stretched on a knitty-knotty.


Hello Purl art batt plied with fun commercial yarn still on the spindle.
Skeins of plied yarn all from Hello Purl art batts.

Do y’all sense a theme here?  I really do get everything from either Hello Purl or Interlacements.

Customer loyalty and all that.

The skein on the far right is from this art batt.

Hello Purl art batt, pre-spinning.

And, y’all get to see how just messy my office desk is all the time.  Although, now, it’s being protected by four of The Avengers in bobble-head form.

The commission spinning went well (because commission spinning is cool like bowties and fezs but not like stetsons).

commission spinning on spindle


commission spinning skeined and stacked

I also got this obnoxious thing spun.  Really, this stuff just sucked to spin.

domestic wool and teal angelina

I’m not going to subject y’all to the writing today, though y’all might like it.  I do have a bit of talent with words with all that education I have, but yeah, this is what I’ve been doing during my Funk to End All Funks.

I’m not sure it’s better, but I’m freaking out about so many other things that I’m getting art and writing stuff done in self-defense.

Because I freak out like no one y’all have ever met (maybe), and I have productive freak outs.

It’s like productive insomnia.  We should bottle it and sell it to all the people.

And, if y’all want to keep up on my writing and things a bit more real-time, try my Tumblr.  Yeah, it’s kinda fandom(s) heavy, but it’s kinda fun.  I’ve totally come out all of it with new things to read and listen too because fandom is huge and awesomely weird.




So, yeah, the new series, or let me raise my geek-flag high!

I don’t have anything done from it yet (actually, I’m kinda still incubating it a bit), but I think I might be ready to talk a little bit more about it.

So, for those of you playing the Home Game, once upon a time, I was a dyed-in-the-wool academic.

Still am, actually; I just do art-y things now that write papers or present at conference mostly.

And, if you’ve heard this all before, please feel free to skip to the end.  Just like in Princess Bride.  I promise there will be no damaging of perfect breasts in this.  No breasts were remotely harmed in the making of this post.  Swear.

But, yeah, academic, and I don’t fanart well because, while I’m an artist, I’m not really a draw-people type artist.  I’m conceptual and mixed media with sculptural tendencies and a hankering (sic) for fiber.  So–drawing, not really part of my wheel-house except when we’re talking about things like my unnamed friends or the beast series.

It’s just how I roll:  fast and outta control.

I’m also post-postmodern (or quixotic postmodern or conscientious postmodern–something of that nature), which means that I deconstruct, analyze (and is it just me that “analyze” is kinda a pervy word?), meta, reconstruct, and meta some more.

Again, this is why popular culture/Visual Culture, fairytales, and mythology are like my THING.  They’re inherently meta, and I can just fiddle meta about.

What I’m planning is kinda a two (maybe three?) pronged series where bits and pieces of fanfic are going to be translated into embroidered pieces and/or giant Word Art (because Word Art was always one of those things I enjoyed playing with and working on, but I really haven’t had anything Word Art-y in the process since I left Art School because it always seems to take up so much space and there’s already a space issue in my studio because old art hasn’t sold or hasn’t been boxed properly to be sent to storage), and there’ll be sculptural not-installations that are meta character studies like I’m totally cos-playing evil-werewolf!Stiles from Dogs of War by Saucery and this image by creature13 and have plans to install the costume as an art piece with these sources cited.  And I have ideas for semi-Cubist metal sculptures/wall pieces that are, like, gestural experiences of certain characters or moments from fandom and stuff with exquisite-corpse-esque interpretations of media.

So, yeah, it’s gonna be fanart, but it’s gonna be fanart in that was that isn’t in a traditionally-fanart way.

…I’m likely to end up being really unpopular everywhere?  Maybe?

I’m very good at citation.  I swear.

And, because I know most people don’t read my blog for me being all wordy and blathery and stuff, here’s some yarn (imaged as a process) that I just finished up.

a self-carding mix from Hello Purl

And, believe it or not, I sold these three skeins:

mini-art batts from Hello Purl

Also, since we’re here and talking about yarn and fiber and things, I’m going to be at ArtStreet off and on all weekend with the Traveling Treadlers.  Also, I have my class information, if people are interested in classing with me:

“Give Spinning a Whirl.”: An Introduction to Spinning Yarn <–Sorry bad!title is bad.  We tried “Spinning, yo.”, but I didn’t want a Knitta-Please-level of awfulness; the only other thing we were coming up with was “You spin me right ’round, baby, right ’round.”, but we figured it was wrong for the demographics.

When:    Thursday, September 13th 4 – 6p.m.

                     Saturday, September 29th  10a.m. – 12p.m.

                      Tuesday, November 13th 4-6

 Where:   the ARTgarage

 Cost:      $50–includes drop spindle and roving

6-in-6:  Six Books Types in Six Hours

When:    Saturday, November 10th 1-4

               Sunday, November 11th 1-4

Where:   the ARTgarage

Cost:      $60–includes materials

Additionally, Gallery Nite is coming up on Sept 20th.  I’ll be there demo-ing and trying to be charming.

Questions, comments, concerns?  What to ask me what I’m thinking with this fandom stuff?  Go for it!  I do enjoy chatting about this stuff.


inside the tentacle-made studios (the ARTgarage edition)

So, yeah, before I do anything else, y’all have got to go check out the dance sequence in last week’s episode of Bunheads.  Just, go to minute mark 39 and watch.

I’ll wait.

So.  What’d y’all think?

Leave your thoughts in the comments, and we can all have a nice chat about it.

Okay, yes, real art-blog business.  Right.  A real post.

*tra lala la la la la la*

The ADHD is bad today.  Sorry about that.

*insert segue here*

So, my studio at the ARTgarage is the size of a sneeze.  Totally.  Like, if I take Vincent (my spinning wheel) in there with me, there’s about a foot to a foot-and-a-half of space in front and behind me with maybe 8 inches on either side.*

*I don’t know how accurate those measurements are since I have never actually measured when I was in my studio spinning.  That’d be weird.

This is the view into my studio coming through another Ahliah Zia Shashonah’s studio.  We actually confuse people because our aesthetics are similar enough that it looks like one big studio.  It’s not, though.

Most of the work that I do in this studio is pastel work, spinning, ink, bookmaking, sewing, or the occasionally layer media over monoprint (this is still a developing thing for me).  I get a lot done in a small space and have some lovely display space.

…it also means that I actually have to talk to people on occasion.  If I only worked in the tentacle-made studio at Hemlock House, then I’d probably never speak to anyone other than you lovely people.


My work desk with some of my as-yet-photographed Nothing(s) hanging about and some of my hides series.

I like used atlases too, if anyone has any that they’d like to send my way.  Or old books.  Or sheet music.  Or, ya know, stuff.

Panning to the right, you can see my Ur-bag taking up valuable floor space, my craptastic storage (that’s gotten a bit better, admittedly, since I got a little storage cart that goes underneath the work table), and art displayed from the unnamed friends series, the taxonomy series, the impression portraits, and spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement series.

Further to the right is more of my storage, my ARTgarage pastel box (I have one in the tentacle-made studios too), and more of my art:  the scrump series, the chimera series, the unnamed friends series, more of the spindle’s work series, and some random book arts stuff.

And, lastly, my easel, which I have had since I was a teenager, with the first piece in the beast series still on it.

So, yeah, that’s my sneeze-sized studio.  Come by the ARTgarage, and you might see me in it.

And, since we’re on the ARTgarage and me haunting the place on a semi-regular basis, I’m teaching some classes for them this fall:  3 drop spindle workshops (Sept. 13th, Oct, 13th, and Nov. 13th) and a 6 books in 6 hours bookmaking class (Sept. 29th and 30th).  So, if any of those are interesting to you, let me know or check out the classes section of the ARTgarage website.

Mine are not currently listed because they were just turned in last week, but yeah, they’ll be there soon.  I hope.


Signal Boost: Success on Etsy

My friends from Hello Purl were interview on their success on Etsy today. <–I didn’t get to see it this morning ’cause I was being all work-y at The Job, but I’m excited to have seen it shared by other fiber-friends on Facebook.


Etsy is described as the world’s most vibrant handmade marketplace.  It’s an online site where crafters and artists can sell their handmade or vintage items.   Many local artists and crafters are finding success on Etsy.  But it does take some know-how and persistence.  Kelly Grace Quakkelaar sews fabric headbands, passport covers, checkbook covers and more.  She has sold thousands of items on her etsy site “Gracie Designs.”   She stopped by the studio to share advice on how to make a site like Etsy work for you.  Here are her 5 tips.


1. Take Great Photos!
2. Give your shop a cohesive feel via products or branding
3. Think like a buyer, not a crafter when setting up your shop
4. Don’t undervalue your work with cheap prices
5. List fewer items, more often


Be sure to watch the video to hear her explain each tip.


Fiber artist Melissa Bohrtz also stopped by to talk about her success on Etsy.   She and Jessie Nordholm sell their hand dyed and spun yarn on the etsy site “Hello Purl.”

Esty 101 Class
July 10th 6-8 p.m.
DIY Studio & Gifts
119 N. Broadway – Green Bay

Success on Etsy.

They’re such brilliant, lovely ladies.  Go buy some yarn.


Meet my new friend!

*Please note Miss Z and Miss J’s tiny feetsez on their wheels.*

This is my new friend.  His name is Vincent.  He’s from Holland.  He’s a louet.

I bought him from this morning from a nice lady that didn’t want him anymore.

I’ve figured out how to (kinda craptastically) spin and ply…with the help of Youtube.


It’s so beautiful! *loves it and despairs*



Courage, cake, and masses of spiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiining!

series close-ups

Presenting spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement.  Up close and personal.

For y’all’s joy and art-ness.

Okay, I know that I showed y’all an installation image, but meh, wouldn’t y’all like to see them closer?

spindle's work, Zellandine's denouement: the moss from Allerleirauh's tree
Katrina ('Trie) Blasingame
mixed fiber art batt from Hello Purl (spun by me)
spindle's work, Zellandine's denouement: first born
Katrina ('Trie) Blasingame
commercial yarn, plastic-covered electronics wire
spindle's work, Zellandine's denouement:
100 years in the tower
Katrina ('Trie) Blasingame
copper wire, wood sphere, spray paint, carded (by me) fleece, yarn from Interlacements
spindle's work, Zellandine's denouement: Midas' beanstalk
Katrina ('Trie) Blasingame
commercial yarn, spray paint, recycled tin can, wood sphere, carded (by me) fleece
spindle's work, Zellandine's denouement: mermaid's garden
Katrina ('Trie) Blasingame
commercial yarn, yarn from Interlacements, recycled cardboard cones, spray paint, spray glitter
spindle's work, Zellandine's denouement: Oyster emotions
Katrina ('Trie) Blasingame
recycled bottle caps, recycled (and gutted) lightbulbs, carded (by me) fleece, spray paint, spray glitter
spindle's work, Zellandine's denouement: from straw to gold
Katrina ('Trie) Blasingame
spray paint, recycled cardboard yarn cones
spindle's work, Zellandine's denouement:
ambulatory mushroom forest (detail)
Katrina ('Trie) Blasingame
yarn (dyed and spun by me), copper wire, plastic-covered electronics wire, wooden sphere, spray paint, silk/stainless steel yarn from Habu

Here’s the full piece:

spindle's work, Zellandine's denouement:
ambulatory mushroom forest
Katrina ('Trie) Blasingame
yarn (dyed and spun by me), copper wire, plastic-covered electronics wire, wooden sphere, spray paint, silk/stainless steel yarn from Habu

So, yeah, that’s the series so far.  There’s more pieces coming, probably for the next quarter at the ARTgarage.

Oh, also, I build a knitty knotty today out of PVC pipe. <–Melissa from Hellp Purl has one; that’s where I got the idea.

And, if y’all are looking for something to do this Friday:

Come to Circus Nerve.  You know you want to. *wriggles fingers tentacles hypnotically*